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Concert raises money for ocean conservation

Steve Stock (left), president of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Guy Harvey; Chris Stacey, founder of the Rock the Ocean Foundation; and Richard WhiteCloud of Sea Turtle Oversight Protection plant sea grass on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Steve Stock (left), president of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation; Guy Harvey; Chris Stacey, founder of the Rock the Ocean Foundation; and Richard WhiteCloud of Sea Turtle Oversight Protection plant sea grass on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, which has drawn national acts and tens of thousands of fans to Fort Lauderdale Beach, is promoting ocean conservation and awareness with post-concert check presentations totaling $60,000 to support the cause behind the music.

This month, more than a dozen organizations that participated in the Guy Harvey Conservation Village are receiving donations from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Rock the Ocean Foundation. The two foundations thanked concert co-founder and producer Huka Entertainment, which set up the infrastructure for the conservation village and donated a percentage of ticket sales to support the cause.

The entities receiving donations represent a broad array of organizations and missions, including university science programs, independent research centers and conservation groups. Three sea turtle groups will receive funding, noteworthy given that the two-day concert is named after the species.

This year’s conservation village drew more exhibits than the inaugural one in 2013. And the 2014 music festival, held April 12 and 13, raised 20 percent more for marine conservation and research organizations than last year’s event.

“We are proud to say that in only our second year the Guy Harvey Conservation Village increased in number of exhibits and in the number of total dollars our partner organizations received,” Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation president Steve Stock said in a statement. “That’s a tremendous success by any measure.”

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